WSOP Review: Corey Thompson Wins Gold

WSOP Review: Corey Thompson Wins Gold
WSOP Review: Corey Thompson Wins Gold
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Corey Thompson has won Event #58: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) event, after beating the German Enrico Rudelitz en route to his first gold bracelet.

 His mother cleans houses; his father mows lawns, and Corey Thompson wins poker tournaments.

The self-proclaimed ‘working class’ man has taken down Event #58: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) after two furious days of poker.

Thompson came into the World Series of Poker (WSOP) knowing he had what it took to be a champion after defeating 389 entrants to win the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event in Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room in October. That victory handed him $131,720, his greatest prize of his career, and he has just beaten that in style.

Thompson defeated 1,397 entrants in the rapid fire level event. The 27-year old from Florida topped a final table that didn’t contain a single former WSOP champion. His most dangerous threat looked likely to be Terry Fan, who had two Macau Poker Cup titles to his name, and a fifth place finish in a WSOP $3k event last year. Thompson eliminating Fan in sixth place after winning a race 99 v KQ.

It was Thompson’s eighth WSOP cash, but only his first final table, and he was humble enough to declare that he was not the best player at the table. Thompson bestowed that honour onto Enrico Rudelitz, and it was those two that eventually played heads-up for the bracelet which Thompson won.

“You always like to think of yourself as the best, but towards the end it was him.” Said Thompson after his win.

Final Table Results

  1. Corey Thompson – $221,163
  2. Enrico Rudelitz – $136,651
  3. William Liang – $97,811
  4. Darren Terazawa – $70,821
  5. Ankit Ahuja – $51,878
  6. Terry Fan – $38,452
  7. Matthew Chang – $28,842
  8. Ryan Pochedly – $21,897
  9. Benjamin Reinhart – $16,827

Other superheroes who flew close to the sun were Fatima Moreira de Melo (14th), Martin Kozlov (20th), and Ryan Riess (23rd).

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